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November 11: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 11

November 11th is officially Singles Day and Origami Day.

Welcome to day 315 of 365! We’re only 50 days away from celebrating the new year… but it’s probably too early to be thinking about that yet.

Today was an incredible day in history. If you’re wondering why then you’re at the right place! Here we are going to look at the most interesting things that happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1918, Poland became an independent country? Due to partitioning in the 18th Century, Poland had not existed for 123 years before this.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 11th in history!

What Events Happened On November 11 In History?


Canada’s second-largest city, Montreal, started dumping untreated waste in the Saint Lawrence River.

The city said it was necessary to dump untreated waste into the river for up to a week while essential sewage works were happening in the town. Many environmentalists at the time raised their concern; however, the city responded by saying that if repairs were not taken care of, it could result in ever worse environmental issues down the line with raw sewage.

British writer J. R. R. Tolkien, famous for writing The Lord of The Rings fantasy novels, published his second volume of the series; The Two Towers.

OTD in 1954: British writer J. R. R. Tolkien

Poland became an independent country.

The country claimed independence from the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires.

After nearly four and a half years of cataclysmic conflict, World War I ended.

The bloodshed finally came to a halt after an armistice was signed between Germany and the Allies. More than sixty-eight million people lost their lives in just under half a decade, civilians and soldiers alike.

The portable fire escape was patented by Daniel McCree in the US.

The device was designed to be placed near a window in a building and allowed people to descend safely outside.

The Manchester Ship Canal started its construction in Eastham, England.


Inventor Alan Clark was granted his patent for the telescope.


Chrysanthemums were believed to have been introduced from China to England on this day.


The first college fraternity called The Flat Hat Society was formed in the Raleigh Tavern at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time.

OTD in 1675: German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time.
Leibniz had been working alongside Sir Issac Newton for many years on calculus. Leibniz did not publish his findings until 1684.

Christopher Columbus discovered Sint Maarten in the West Indies.

OTD in 1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Sint Maarten in the West Indies.
The island is called St. Martin with the southern portion of it still called Sint Maarten.

Pope Innocent III brought together the council for the Fourth Council of the Lateran, which was held at the Lateran Palace in Rome, Italy.

November 11 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on this day all share the Scorpio star sign.

Those of you that were born in November have the Topaz birthstone. When the topaz gem is gifted to someone, it represents a promise of everlasting love and friendship.

If you were born on this day, it’s likely that you were conceived on February 18 in the same year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Leonardo DiCaprio! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On November 11

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

American Actor
Birthday: November 11, 1974
Age: 47 years old
Born In: California, USA
Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

American Actor
Birthday: November 11, 1960
Age: 61 years old
Born In: New York, USA

Special Holidays On November 11th

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

November 11: Singles' Day

Singles’ Day

November 11: National Origami Day

National Origami Day

Did you know that on this day, November 11th 1918, Poland became an independent country?